Every year beginning in 2002, Times Square has been a meca for yoga enthusiasts to gathered for the worlds largest yoga practice on the longest day of the year. The practice is actually an all day festival with more than 8,000 yogis participating in various ways. Believe it or not many have found tranquility and the path to a higher plain of existence in the the middle of one of the world’s busiest intersections, Times Square.
The 11th Solstice at Times Square event was held on Friday with thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered at to celebrate the first day of summer together with a celebration of yoga and peace. This years event was called “Mind Over Madness” by the organizers. A fitting name indeed for attempting a yoga practice at Times Square. The distractions and craziness of the location can make it a difficult place to find tranquility but if you can find it here you can find it anywhere says the organizers. “It’s a metaphor for calming the mind amidst the madness of modern life,” said Tim Tompkins, Times Square Alliance president and co-founder of the annual event.
There are five sessions with more than 15,000 people expected to attend. Sections of the streets will be block off to only allow foot-traffic throughout the day Friday on Broadway between 43rd and 48th streets. However since the roads haven’t been closed completely and businesses are open as usual, vehicles and pedestrians will be near the area where the yoga secessions are happening. It should be an interesting Namaste.